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The Haunter of the Dark [short story] (1936)
de H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi (Introducció)
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“Lights out—God help me.”
This is Lovecraft's last solo work of fiction. He wrote a couple of collaborations further, some poetry and an essay. He died with intestinal cancer on March 15, 1937 at the age of 46. I am so, so sorry it ended here for him. This is by far and away his best prose work. (I don't think I'm saying that because of the immigrants heroically holding up candles outside the desecrated church, either. That detail did make my heart soar, though.) I don't even think you need any background in his Mythos to enjoy this, as he finally keeps the Mythos touches light enough to flavor the story rather than explaining it. Go. Read. Enjoy. I did.
While the stories and supplementary material in this volume are fine reads, and the illustrations by Pete Von Sholly vibrant and evocative, the book is riddled with typographical errors (moreso, I think, than the other volumes in the Lovecraft Illustrated series). Most distressing, however, is the loss of over a dozen paragraphs from Robert Bloch's "The Shambler From the Stars", an egregious oversight that will hopefully be corrected in later printings.
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Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: Golden Anniversary Anthology (1990 Edition by Arkham House) de H. P. Lovecraft
The story takes place in Providence, Rhode Island and revolves around the Church of Starry Wisdom. The cult uses an ancient artifact known as the Shining Trapezohedron to summon a terrible being from the depths of time and space.The Shining Trapezohedron was discovered in Egyptian ruins, in a box of alien construction, by Professor Enoch Bowen before he returned to Providence, Rhode Island in 1844. Members of the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence would awaken the Haunter of the Dark, an avatar of Nyarlathotep, by gazing into the glowing crystal. Summoned from the black gulfs of chaos, this being could show other worlds, other galaxies, and the secrets of arcane and paradoxical knowledge; but he demanded monstrous sacrifices, hinted at by disfigured skeletons that were later found in the church. The Haunter of the Dark was banished by light and could not cross a lighted area.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.0873808052Literature English (North America) American fiction By type Genre fiction Adventure fiction Horror fiction; Ghost fiction Horror fiction Collections
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All in all, definitely one of the better entries in PS Publishing's pulp library series of Lovecraft stories. ( )